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Searching for Tow vehicles, love some opinions.

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    Searching for Tow vehicles, love some opinions.

    Looking for opinions & some suggestions.

    So far I've found a gas 2017 Silverado 2500 4x4 and a 2017 F250 diesel 2x4. Both are clean with a good carfax and affordable. In my area I'm hard pressed to find anything under 40k that has enough power but doesn't already have 200k miles or trashed. A 2 horse aluminium gooseneck will be the next thing on the list.

    I personally will never buy a truck without four wheel drive. Most places you go with a truck and trailer are not hard top, and I have seen far too many need to be towed out when it has been wet or muddy. I have also always lived in hilly or mountainous areas so that factors in as well.
    "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White


      I'd also go with the 4x4, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!


        The Ford diesel engine has a better reputation for longevity. You need to look at recommended pulling weights for both engines. 4 x 4 is nice, but matters more when you have less engine. Also matters how much weight you will be pulling. I had a Ford 250 4 x 2 that I pulled two horses with for years. Never had any difficulty, even on steep dirt roads.


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          Thanks so much for the input, now leaning towards a 4x4. That Chevy year has a history of trany shimmy issues that were never resolved. Still on the hunt and have had to increase my budget to over 40k for something used. Yikes!!! Problem with living in horse country.


            I've only ever used my 4x4 a few times a year. If I hadn't I'd still be sitting stuck where I was!

            I am personally not a fan of diesels, with them being more expensive to repair and needing special winter treatment.


              I would never get a tow vehicle without 4x4 since we tend to park in fields which can be hilly, muddy, or wet with dew. Aside from that, I live on a gravel road and have a steep driveway, so I need a 4x4 whether I tow a trailer or not.


                Ditto everyone on the 4x4- you may not need it often, but when you do, you don't want to be without it! I would not buy a truck without it.

                If you don't *need* a gooseneck, you could get by with a 150/1500 (depending on your topography and how far/frequently you haul) and a bumper pull, and save costs on both the truck and trailer. That is my set up, but I don't haul often (few times a month at most), usually only travel within 1 hour of home, and am not located in or near mountains. YMMV.


                  If you live where there's snow or ice, 4 X 4 without a doubt.


                    We just went through a similar search and I was told to avoid the chevrolet 2500s. The F250s and ram 2500 diesel engines have a much better reputation for longevity. We ended up driving 3 hours to a somewhat sketchy used car lot with 4 of the diesel F250s after not being able to find anything local. We bought a truck with carfax maintenance records and 38k miles for much less than they were going for in our area (also horsey). I wouldn't have trusted the lot with anything older or one without carfax, but it seems to have worked out well so far!


                      If you're going to buying a gooseneck trailer, be aware that starting around 2016-2017 truck manufacturers started making their truck beds RIDICULOUSLY tall. Like 6" taller. Older gooseneck trailers will not fit over the bed without making adjustments to the trailer. Ask me how I know


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                        Thanks to everyone for their valuable opinions, I knew I'd get really good advice!!

                        Ended up buying something, actually this morning from a small lot. 2017, F250 4x4, with 59k miles and the third wheel hitch already installed. The only drawback was the gas engine, it also has no bed liner which I'll fix. Now the search for the 2 horse, straight load begins. My guy wears an 86' so slants are not an option for us🙄
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                          Congratulations! Looks like a nice ride!!! On the bed liner, personally I'd just do a rubber mat and be done with it. Keeps things from sliding around and protects the bottom-most part of the bed. If you're planning to do a lot of other hauling of heavy items in the bed like gravel, stone, etc. more than the occasional trip to a home improvement store, then sure go for the bed liner, but it's already had 3 years without one, I don't think I'd spring for the cost of it. Cheers, and happy roads! (you know, instead of "happy trails")
                          I've never understood the insult calling a person a "fruitbat." It's not much of an insult to the person. More often than not, the persons behavior proves it to be more of an insult to the fruitbat!


                            Nice! I've had the best luck with Ford trucks dating back 50 years and my Dad wouldn't drive anything else. Looks like you lucked out!


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                              I do feel like it's a beast to drive around, but my inner horse girl just loves it. Click image for larger version  Name:	20200914_181956.jpg Views:	0 Size:	27.7 KB ID:	10732204 😚


                                Originally posted by cheektwocheek View Post
                                Thanks to everyone for their valuable opinions, I knew I'd get really good advice!!

                                Ended up buying something, actually this morning from a small lot. 2017, F250 4x4, with 59k miles and the third wheel hitch already installed. The only drawback was the gas engine, it also has no bed liner which I'll fix. Now the search for the 2 horse, straight load begins. My guy wears an 86' so slants are not an option for us🙄
                                that 6.2 can pull the house down. I wouldn't worry about it. I had a 2018 (now my trainer's truck) and it pulled all over the eastern seaboard including the trip to fl and back 3 times no issues whatsoever.

                                Mine had the dualliner. Nice because I could just cut the hole for the gooseneck and pull the mat out to clean it.
                                Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                                you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the long as its in a conservative color.